The World Health Organisation declared Liberia free of the Ebola virus, after 42 days passed since the last reported new case in the country.
“The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over,” the WHO said in a statement, after 4,700 people had died from the illness in the country. Over 11,000 people are thought to have died in the region form the disease since last year, as Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to battle the virus.
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the BBC,
"We will celebrate our communities which have taken responsibility and participated in fighting this unknown enemy and finally we've crossed the Rubicon. Liberia indeed is a happy nation."
The president also held a moment of silence for all those who had died from the disease, as she thanked all those who had helped Liberia. “Let us celebrate, but stay mindful and vigilant,” said Ms Sirleaf.